ERIC Number: ED197924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan-4
Reference Count: 0
Walkabout: An Educational Experience.
Copen, Peter; And Others
The Walkabout program is an optional senior-year educational experience in which New York high school students can acquire the basic skills and confidence to take charge of their lives and contribute to the world. The year-long program is divided into 5 "challenge environments": wilderness (5 weeks); applied academics (18 weeks of health and personal awareness, language arts, social studies, and environmental science); career internship (9 weeks); community service (3 weeks); and final presentation (1 week). These provide students with the opportunity to learn basic and relevant skills, go beyond their self-perceived limitations, recognize their option to change how they deal with others, make meaningful accomplishments, begin to clarify career options, and earn credit toward a high school diploma. Grading is based on an "honors,""credit," or "no-credit" system. The state-approved program is most applicable for average to bright students, either male or female. Interested high school juniors apply and participants are selected for the program from among the applicants. The Walkabout staff serve not only as teachers but also as friends and advisors to the students. Parent, student, and staff reactions to the program are positive. (SB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Communication (Thought Transfer), Counselor Role, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Elective Courses, Experiential Learning, Grade 12, Learning Experience, Outdoor Education, Parent Attitudes, School Community Programs, Secondary Education, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Speech Skills, Student Attitudes, Work Experience Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Putnam and Northern Westchester Counties Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Yorktown Heights, NY.
Identifiers: New York; Walkabout; Wilderness Education Programs
Note: For a related document, see ED 183 301.